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The Fog

John Carpenter is anything but subtle in his approach to shocker material. Premise is obvious from almost the first frame, as a grizzled John Houseman tells youngsters grouped around a campfire about a foggy curse that surrounds a coastal town where a horrible shipwreck took place 100 years ago.

John Carpenter is anything but subtle in his approach to shocker material. Premise is obvious from almost the first frame, as a grizzled John Houseman tells youngsters grouped around a campfire about a foggy curse that surrounds a coastal town where a horrible shipwreck took place 100 years ago.

Story exposition and setting are well-established before the opening titles are over, and The Fog proceeds to layer one fright atop another.

Adrienne Barbeau makes her film debut as the husky-voiced deejay of the town’s sole radio station, perched atop a lighthouse from which the title phenomenon becomes increasingly apparent.

Thesping is okay in all departments although Janet Leigh isn’t given much to do, nor is daughter Jamie Lee Curtis.

The Fog

  • Production: Avco Embassy. Director John Carpenter; Producer Debra Hill; Screenplay John Carpenter, Debra Hill; Camera Dean Cundey; Editor Tommy Lee Wallace, Charles Bornstein; Music John Carpenter; Art Director Tommy Lee Wallace
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 91 MIN.
  • With: Adrienne Barbeau Hal Holbrook Janet Leigh Jamie Lee Curtis John Houseman Tom Atkins
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